Virgin Australia Lounge membership opens doors to AirNZ Koru lounges

By David Flynn, July 4 2011
Virgin Australia Lounge membership opens doors to AirNZ Koru lounges

Passengers on Virgin Australia are set to enjoy greater access to Air New Zealand's Koru lounges, and vice versa, as the airlines launch their full trans-Tasman alliance later this month.

Members of Virgin Australia's The Lounge program will gain entry into Air New Zealand domestic Koru lounges when flying on domestic New Zealand services, and international Koru lounges on trans-Tasman services.

The changes, due to take effect from July 26, are among those detailed in a briefing booklet issued to travel agents by Air New Zealand on the Trans-Tasman alliance and information supplied to Australian Business Traveller by Virgin Australia early last week.

There are, however, a few caveats. Virgin Australia The Lounge members can use Air New Zealand's 'international' lounges only on those trans-Tasman hops, so there's no swanning into a Koru lounge outside of Australia or New Zealand with a flash of your membership card.

And Air New Zealand's 'contract' lounges in Adelaide and Perth won't be available, even if you hold Velocity Gold status.

Membership to Virgin Australia's The Lounge programme is set to jump from August 1, with the annual fee climbing to $420 from the current $369 while the one-off joining fee jumps from $199 to $280 – making the combined first-year hit a hefty $700. 

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

09 May 2011

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Thanks for the heads-up about that brochure -- was going to book some NZ flights today, but looks like it's worth me holding off until Friday so that I can get the increased range of flights.

Also, Lounge access at SYD -- about time that became available for Pacific Blue flights.


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